Car vs truck liability

In a collision involving cars or other light vehicles and professionally driven semi-trucks, you might expect liability to vary depending on the specifics of each individual case. However, recent studies by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have shown that, in more than 81 percent of accidents between cars and trucks, the car drivers are found to be at fault. There are some interesting reasons why this turns out to be the case:

1) Truck drivers are professionals. Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road, and qualifications for receiving a trucker’s license can be rather rigorous. Thus, it makes sense that truck drivers tend to be found at fault less often than other drivers. If you do something for 10 hours a day, every day, you tend to get good at it. Compare this to the average half-hour a day commuter, and you can probably understand why car drivers are usually the ones to blame for most car and truck accidents.

2) Car drivers often fail to maintain a safe distance from trucks. Many drivers tend to maintain the same distance between their cars and other vehicles on the road, regardless of the situation. The problem is that large trucks require much more than the standard two car lengths to actually see the vehicle behind them. This means many drivers inadvertently tailgate trucks without even knowing it.

As a rule, you are not far enough behind a truck until you can clearly see its mirrors. After all, if you cannot see the mirrors, the driver obviously cannot see you.

If you have been involved in a collision with a truck in San Luis Obispo County, it’s especially important to seek legal representation to determine who is at fault. Steven P. Roberts works with individuals throughout the region and can help you after a trucking accident.

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